The Future of Shopping

By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

Augmented Reality: A Technology Benefitting The Shopaholic

With the growing advantages of augmented reality, numerous retailers are looking forward to incorporate AR technology for a better shopping …

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Consumer Expectations Push Retailers to Rethink In-store Experiences

Retailers need to refresh their brick-and-mortar environments to meet consumer expectations for an intriguing, engaging in-store experience. …

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‘Smart Mirrors’ Come to the Fitting Room - Bloomberg

Since e-commerce began threatening stores last decade, retailers have been trying to make their locations operate more like the web. Yet despite …

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5 Retail Marketing Trends to Watch in 2017

The first half of the first quarter of 2017 has come and gone, and while consumers might be reneging on their resolutions, marketers aren’t afforded …

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Ikea's futuristic kitchen table is the perfect cooking assistant

According to Ikea, in 10 years, the kitchen will become a technology hub that makes cooking more sustainable and personal.<p>Ikea envisions a multifunctional kitchen table that can assist you in your meal prep from start to finish.

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Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may only need six human employees

From three to a max of 10 employees<p>Amazon’s bold checkout-free convenience store concept has only one location today, but if the company’s expansion plans pan out, we could start seeing a radical rethinking of physical retail nationwide. According to the <i>New York Post</i>, Amazon plans to mandate that …

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What Retailers Need To Give Consumers When They're Shopping In Stores

With online and mobile offering such compelling alternatives to traditional shopping, retailers with physical stores need to offer consumers exactly what they want in order to compete. A recent report by the Interactions subsidiary of Daymon Worldwide reveals some very interesting insights into …

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Amazon's supermarket of the future could operate with just 3 staff — and lots of robots

Amazon's high-tech supermarkets of the future could be operated by just three humans, according to The New York Post.<p>The ecommerce giant is reportedly considering two-storey supermarkets that span between 10,000 square feet and 40,000 square feet and rely heavily on a fleet of robots, sources told …

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Wal-Mart Tried to Take on Amazon Prime and Failed

Image source: Wal-Mart.<p><b>Wal-Mart</b> (NYSE: WMT) doesn't think it makes sense to charge its online customers for two-day shipping anymore. The retailer is shutting down its year-and-a-half old ShippingPass program, a $50-per-year two-day shipping service similar to <b>Amazon</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN) Prime. "In …

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Google teams up with H&M to make dresses based on your personal data

The hottest designer at the next Fashion Week may well be your smartphone.<p>H&M Group's digital fashion house, Ivyrevel, is working on a collaboration with Google called the "Data_Dress." The project is based around an Android app that learns about a user and designs a personalized garment for them. …

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The companies are touting a new green process for denim finishing.<p>15h • Kristi Ellis<p>The second Chapter 11— seen as key to getting a sale of all or …

What Is The Value Of A Virtual Amazon Dash Button?

The online retailer has rolled out digital versions of their one-click ordering system<p>Dash buttons, Amazon’s hardware stunt which makes purchasing …

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Panasonic Checkout Machine Automatically Bags Items

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Ikea’s hackable ‘open platform' furniture will go on sale early next year

The furniture is designed to be easily adapted to customers’ needs<p>Ikea has long been a target for furniture hackers, with customers finding new ways to repurpose items sold by the firm. Turn some shelves into a radiator cover? No problem. Make a toolbox on wheels out of a chest of drawers? Simple. …

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This Robot-Made Latte Is Better Than Starbucks

Love fancy coffee but hate interacting with human beings? Cafe X has just the thing.<p>Here's the latest evidence that human interaction is becoming a quaint relic of the past: You can now order your morning espresso from a robot.<p>The startup Cafe X has opened a robotic coffee kiosk in San Francisco's …

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Study: Generation Z shoppers prefer physical retail stores to online shopping

Just because Generation Z, whose oldest members were born in the mid- to late 1990s, grew up not knowing a world without smartphones, the internet, and other digital devices, does not mean that they prefer online shopping to buying in physical stores, according to a new survey from IBM and the …

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What does the store of the future look like?

Following Amazon Go, four industry experts share their views on what lies ahead for bricks-and-mortar retail<p>No check-out staff. No queueing. Amazon’s new physical grocery store which enables shoppers to effectively grab and go, stunned consumers and the retail industry alike. So, will robots be …

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Amazon’s Next Big Innovation – Brick and Mortar Shopping

Amazon.com rang the death knell for the retail industry when it made its first online book sale in 1995 and was dubbed Retail Enemy No. 1 in the …

When Should You Personalize The Ecommerce Experience?

<b>Many seem to see providing a personalized ecommerce experience as a guarantee of success. But the reality is more complex.</b><p>“We want to be able to …

Teens Actually Like Shopping in Stores More Than Online

But there’s a good reason they’re not going to the mall.<p>Department stores are closing and beloved mall fixtures are going bankrupt — and yet research suggests that the future generation of shoppers still vastly prefers to buy at brick-and-mortar stores rather than online.<p>A new study, released by …

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Amazon Should Build A Virtual Reality Shopping Mall. Here's Why.

It's already happening in China with Buy+.<p>It would be enormously popular among niche sellers.<p>All the trends indicate that VR is here for the long-run.<p>…

As department stores exit, mall makeovers begin

As big-name retailers prepare to close hundreds of stores this year, many traditional shopping malls and the communities where they reside face a disturbing dilemma: What to do with all that empty space?<p>For healthier malls, it may come down to cutting deals with new types of retail tenants. But for …

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Amazon's Alexa ecosystem is exploding, for better and worse

It's going to be a huge year for Alexa and voice computing in general.<p>The Internet of Things still mostly feels like the Internet of Crap, but there's one ray of hope in the connected home on which plenty of companies are jumping aboard: Amazon's Alexa. In particular, I'm talking about the …

Amazon Go, deep learning, and a better retail experience

You could say Amazon Go almost broke tech media’s internet this past December. Driverless shopping, checkout-free shopping, almost “shoplifting,” deep learning, computer vision, and job killer AI were a few phrases that made the rounds. Taking a step back, one does wonder why this is surprising, …

FedEx Customers Can Now Drop Off, Pick Up Packages At Walgreens Stores

We’ve all seen what can happen when a package is left out in the open or otherwise unattended, but not everyone can be home during the day, live in a …

Amazon didn’t kill Macy’s. Macy’s did.

A case study in the risks of complacency.<p>It has been a very bad week for some of the country’s biggest department stores, with Macy’s feeling the brunt of it. The mass-market retailer’s stock has dropped 16 percent since it announced disappointing holiday sales results and details on thousands of …

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is a new Rewards Visa Card with 5% back

Amazon announced this morning it’s teaming up with Chase to introduce a new Visa credit card exclusively for its most loyal customers, Prime members. The card offers Prime members 5 percent back on Amazon purchases, as well as other rewards, including 2 percent back at restaurants, gas stations and …